We were looking at the UK web pages for updates to the driving laws since our last visit and came across the information below , as many of us Brits use the Channel ports + Dunkirk and Zeebrugge we thought it may be worth posting on here !
According to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office there has been a series of robberies and express kidnappings on or around the motorway connecting Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Ghent, Dunkirk and the Channel Ports - particularly towards the southern end of the route.
Perpetrators of these incidents have been using threats of violence and carrying knives and/or firearms.
In the early hours they have been flagging down vehicles, seeming to seek assistance, or kidnapping single drivers outside petrol stations or 24-hour stores.
The perpetrators have generally been gangs with Eastern European connections, sometimes using UK-registered vehicles. They have been robbing victims on the spot or taking their victims under force to the nearest ATM to extract as much cash as their cards will allow
Lets hope this will be a short term thing that the local polce will stamp out very quickly so that any T/A `s will not have the visits to Brugges , and elswhere , ruined by these cretins !Edited: 2:48 am, August 06, 2012